Oakwood cemetery Grand Ledge

Dewitt C. Foreman

Dewitt C. Foreman was born January 3, 1832, in New York, the son of Nathaniel (b. 1796) and Lucy (b. 1797).

New York natives Nathaniel and Lucy (or Lany or Lena) were presumably married there. In any case, Dewitt came to Dewitt with his family sometime around 1834 and probably resided there until the war; by 1860 Nathaniel and his wife were living in Dewitt, Clinton County, Michigan.

Dewitt was 29 years old and probably living in Clinton County, Michigan, when he enlisted as a Fifer in Company G on May 10, 1861. By mid-Summer he was serving in the Regimental Band. He was reported to have been promoted to Principal Musician in the field and was mustered out of service on June 20, 1864.

Dewitt also reportedly served in Company I, Sixteenth U.S. infantry and Companies F & K, Eleventh U.S. infantry. In any case, he reentered the service as a private on October 8, 1864, in Company G, Sixty-fourth Ohio infantry, probably for one year, and was mustered in the same day. He was mustered out presumably with the company on October 11, 1865, at Victoria, Texas.

Dewitt eventually returned to Michigan. By 1870 he was working as a farmer and living with his mother, along with the Charles Reed family in Wacousta, Dewitt Township, Clinton County.

He married New York native Harriet (M. (1838-1922) on July 3, 1871, and they had at least one child: Lana or Lena (b. 1874); Harriet had been married at least once before and had two daughters by her previous marriage.

By 1880 Dewitt was working as a carpenter and living with his wife and daughter on Pleasant Street in Grand Ledge, Eaton County; also living with them was his stepdaughter Henrietta (b. 1866). Dewitt was living in Grand Ledge in 1888 and in Grand Ledge’s First Ward in 1894.
In 1882 he applied for and received a pension (no. 414253).

Dewitt died of a bowel obstruction on October 12, 1910, at his home in Grand Ledge and was buried Oakwood cemetery, Grand Ledge: 5-5-5 .

In 1910 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 721933). In 1912 one D. M. Forman was reported as a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

John H. Bissell Jr. - update 04/25/2008

John H. Bissell Jr. was born January 22, 1836, in New York, the son of John H. Sr. (b. 1809) and Mercy (b. 1806).

New York native John Sr. married Massachusetts born Mercy and they settled in New York for some years. Between 1837 and 1839 John’s family moved from New York to Michigan and settled in Clinton County, probably in or near Watertown. By 1850 John Sr. was working as a blacksmith and living in Watertown, Clinton County, and John Jr. was living with his family, having attended school the previous year. In 1860 his family was still residing in Watertown, but John Jr. was not living with them. According to a statement he gave some years later, between 1856 and 1861 he worked variously at a sawmill in Kent County, and as a farm laborer in Wacousta, Clinton County.

John Jr. stood 5’9” with dark eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion, and was 26 years old and working as a farmer and living in Watertown when he enlisted in Company G on May 10, 1861. Jerome Ten Eyck, who was in command of the company during the battle of Gettysburg and who knew Bissell since the beginning of the war, described John as “a number one soldier” and that in his opinion “no man in his company was more prompt for duty than” John. He was wounded in one of his legs on July 2, 1863, when the Regiment became hotly engaged at the Peach Orchard on the second day of the battle of Gettysburg, and subsequently admitted to the hospital in Gettysburg the same day with a wound to “testicle and left thigh”. Edgar Clark, also of Company G, wrote home on July 6, 1863, that Bissell had been wounded in his hips.

In any case, on July 15 John was transferred to the general hospital at McKim’s mansion in Baltimore, Maryland, and from there he was sent to Patterson Park general hospital in Baltimore on November 11. He was subsequently discharged as a convalescent and returned to duty on or about February 13, 1864. Although he was reported to be a patient in one of the hospital in Philadelphia, this cannot be conformed. Charles Price of Company G wrote home on July 30 that Bissell had been “wounded in the thigh (not seriously)” and that he had been “taken to Baltimore Hospital.”

On August 7 Price wrote home that John “was wounded in the groin and leg, not seriously though. I heard from him the other day, he was at Baltimore Hospital with many others from the Regt. getting along comfortably, but it will be some time before he will be able for duty.”

John eventually rejoined the regiment and at some point he was promoted to Sergeant. He reenlisted on February 29, 1864, near Culpeper, Virginia, crediting Watertown, and was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough in March.

In fact it was while he was home in Michigan on furlough that he married to Carrie (or Caroline) E. Andrus (1837-1909), on April 20, 1864, in Wacousta, Clinton County, and they had at least one child, a daughter Marcia (Mrs. Fay Ward, 1869-1933).

He probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of May, and may have been wounded during the Wilderness-Spotsylvania campaign of early May of 1864, and was absent sick in the hospital in May (although this remains uncertain).

John eventually returned to duty and was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, although for reasons unknown he was soon afterwards reduced to the ranks from Sergeant. He was reported missing in action June 22, 1864, near Petersburg, Virginia. He was confined at Libby prison in Richmond, Virginia on June 25, then sent to Lynchburg on June 29, and on to Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he was admitted to prison hospital no. 3 with dysentery on February 23, 1865.

He claimed in 1899 that he had also been sent to the prison in Florence, South Carolina. And in fact, George Morton, who served in company B, First U.S. Sharpshooters and who was taken prisoner on June 21, testified after the war that he and John had been together at Libby, then Andersonville and then the prison at Florence “until the following Feb. 1865. Bissell was troubled with rheumatism and scurvy a good deal through the winter and some time in Feb he was taken sick with fever and became very weak and almost helpless so much so that myself and the rest of the boys had to help him out.” George added that all they had for living accommodations was “just a hole in the ground where we lay all winter without blankets or hardly any clothes.” George noted that “We were taken out of Florence Prison some time the latter part of Feb and taken to Wilmington, North Carolina,. Bissell was so bad that he was unable to go with us so he was left behind but I saw him pass by the cars a few days after while we were standing on the track at Wilmington with some other soldiers leading him.”

John was paroled at N.E. Ferry, North Carolina, on March 4, 1865, and reported to College Green Barracks, Maryland on March 13.

John was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio on March 14 where he was furloughed on March 24. He was reported as having deserted on May 2, 1865, and was AWOL from May 2 to June 15 when he returned to Camp Chase (although the charge was removed by an act of Congress in July of 1885). He was mustered out from Camp Chase on June 19, 1865.

After the war John returned to Michigan and settled back into Watertown. By 1870 John was working as a laborer and living with his wife and child next door to his parents in Watertown. John Jr. eventually moved to Eaton County and was living in Grand Ledge in 1883 drawing $4.00 per month ( pension no. 209,521, dated May of 1882), and in 1890, 1894 and 1898; indeed he lived virtually his entire postwar life in Grand Ledge. He was still living in Grand Ledge in 1888 when he became a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, and he was also a member of Grand Army of the Republic Halbert Post No. 108 in Grand Ledge.

John died of pneumonia in Grand Ledge on February 18, 1909, and was buried in Oakwood cemetery: block B, lot 103, Grand Ledge.

Edmund Dewey Bement - updated 12/6/2008

Edmund Dewey Bement was born on March 22, 1835, in Palmyra, Wayne County or Lowville, Lewis County, New York, probably the son of Edmund Collins (1817-1875) and Sally Ann (Ranier, 1817-1887).

New York natives Edmund (sometimes referred to as “Edwin”) and Sally (or perhaps “Sarah”), were married probably in New York and resided in Wayne County and possibly also in Lewis County as well. When he was less than two years old Edmund’s family left New York and moved to LaGrange, Lorain County, Ohio, where he grew up, and indeed the family remained in LaGrange between 1838 and 1850. In fact Edmund’ s parents were living in Ohio when they died.

Edmund (also referred to as “Edward”) left Ohio and moved westward, and around 1855 settled in Charlotte, Eaton County. He lived in Charlotte for about two years before settling in Oneida, Eaton County, Michigan sometime around 1857. With the exception of the time he spent in the army and a few years in Grand Ledge, Edmund lived in Oneida for nearly his entire life. Edmund was living and working as a carpenter in Oneida in 1860.

Edmund was still living in Oneida when he married Ellen Augusta Jones (1836-1881) on December 24, 1857. They had at least 11 children: Edward P. (1859-1878), Mrs. Luella Wright (1860-1943), George Burton (1861-1931), Mrs. Betsey or Bettie Ann Mitchell (1864-1956), Mrs. Mae Dodge (1866-1920), Mrs. Nettie Marietta (1868-1944), Mrs. Ida Emma Donovan (1870-1920), Elizabeth “Lizzie” (1872-1879) Mrs. Jesse Laura Palladay (1874-1908), Mrs. Edna B. Potter (1876-1935) and Mrs. Mariam Augusta Chesley (1878-1972) -- the last ten being born in Oneida.

Edmund stood 6’0” with gray eyes, dark hair and a light complexion and was 27 years old and working as a carpenter and mechanic possibly in Oneida when he became a substitute for one Calvin Troop, who had been drafted on February 10, 1863, for 9 months from Watertown, Clinton County, crediting Watertown. However, Edmund never joined the Regiment, and there is no service record found in the Third Michigan records at the National Archives.

In fact, he was drafted (or perhaps enlisted) for nine months in Company G, Twelfth Michigan infantry, on February 10, 1863, and probably joined the regiment near Middleburg, Tennessee where it remained through May. It subsequently moved to Memphis, Tennessee and then to Vicksburg, Mississippi on June 3 and participated in the siege of Vicksburg and capture of the city on July 4. In late July the regiment moved to Helena, Arkansas and to Clarendon in mid-August and to Duvall’s Bluff on the 22nd. It participated in Steele’s expedition to Little Rock September 1-10 and in the capture of that city on September 10. Edmund was present for duty until September or October when he was reported sick in camp at Little Rock, Arkansas or in the hospital at Duvall’s Bluff, Arkansas. He was mustered out at Little Rock on November 20, 1863, at the expiration of his nine-months’ term of service.

After his discharge, Edmund returned to Grand Ledge, Eaton County where he reentered the service on February 16, 1865, for one year (age 28), in Company I, Eleventh Michigan infantry (reorganized), at Grand Ledge, crediting Oneida, and was mustered on March 7, probably at Jackson, Jackson County, where the regiment was (re)organized from January 4 to February 26, 1865. Four companies left the state for Nashville, Tennessee, on March 5 and six companies left Michigan on April 1 for Chattanooga, Tennessee. The regiment was moved to east Tennessee in late April and was on duty guarding the Chattanooga & Knoxville railroad until July when it moved to Knoxville where it remained until August 3. It was then moved to Nashville. In August of 1865 Edmund was serving in the pioneer corps, and he was mustered out with the company on September 16, 1865, at Nashville, Tennessee.

After the war Edmund returned to his home in Eaton County and by 1880 was residing on a farm in the west half of Oneida, Eaton County, along with his wife and children. He eventually settled in Grand Ledge. He was residing in Grand Ledge’s Second ward in 1894, and indeed he lived the most of his life in Grand Ledge and for many years worked as a carpenter.

Aftr his is wife Ellen died of dropsy in Oneida in 1881 he married New York native Frances Pauline Burnham Reed or Ferris (1850-1904) on April 12, 1885, in Grand Ledge. (She had been married to a Mr. Reed or Reid in 1865 and had one child by him, a son Charles.)

In 1920 Edmund was living in Oneida; also living with him was his daughter Edna Potter.

Edmund received pension no. 426950, drawing $72 per month by 1926.

Edmund was a widower when he died of senile gangrene, possibly at his home in Grand Ledge, on October 19, 1926. Prayer services were held at his home in Oneida at 1:15 and funeera services were held at 2:00 at the Congregational church with Rev. Latham presiding. Stewart Blair and Mrs. Colville sang.

Edmund was buried in Oakwood cemetery in Grand Ledge, Eaton County.

Andrew P. Barnum - updated 22/04/2008

Andrew P. Barnum was born September 19, 1841, in Chenango County, New York, the son of Isaac (1804-1878) and Roxanna (Philley, 1801-1872).

New York natives Isaac and Roxanna (who could not read or write) were married in 1823, probably in New York where they resided for some years. Isaac moved his family from New York to Michigan between 1842 and 1846, and by 1850 Andrew was living on the family farm in Woodland, Barry County where his older siblings attended school. In 1860 Andrew was still living with his family in Woodland.

Andrew stood 5’9” with dark eyes, dark hair and a fair complexion, and was a 20-year-old farmer possibly living in Lowell, Kent County or in Ionia or Barry County when he enlisted on April 12, 1862 -- although he claimed later that he enlisted on March 13, 1862 -- in Company E, and was mustered the same day. (Company E was composed in large part by men from Clinton and Ingham counties, as well as parts of Ionia County.)

According to the testimony of David Crawford, formerly a Lieutenant in Company E, just after the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, on May 31, 1862, Andrew “was accidentally wounded by a pistol shot in the left face, finger & right foot by a comrade who had picked up a revolver on the battle field and was examining the same.” In any case, by late June Andrew was listed in the hospital at Bottom’s Bridge, Virginia, having been wounded accidentally in the hand and foot. He was admitted to Bellevue hospital in New York City on July 7, 1862, and was discharged for disability on August 29 or September 2, 1862, at New York City, from Bellevue.

After he left the army Andrew returned to Michigan.

He married Michigan native Cornelia (“Cora”) J. Maxson (1843-1915) on August 21, 1864, in Chester, Eaton County; they had at least four children: Carrie (Mrs. Fred Niles, 1865-1947), Della (b. 1868), Elnora or Nora (b. 1870) and Osie (1876).

According to Andrew’s sister Sarah, after they were married Andrew and Cora moved on to the Barnum family farm in Woodland, Barry County, and worked it for some years. He also worked as a carpenter.

Indeed, by 1870 Andrew, owning some $3000 worth of real estate, was working a farm next to his parents’ place and living with his wife and daughters in Woodland, Barry County. He was still living in Woodland in 1880.

By 1888 he had settled in Eagle, Clinton County, but by around 1896 he had returned to Barry County and was living in Nashville. Four years later he was reported living in Vermontville, Eaton County and in Grand Ledge, Eaton County in 1910 and 1911.

He was probably a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, was a Methodist and in 1882 he applied for and received a pension (no. 672,688), drawing $12.00 per month in 1907.

Andrew died of arteriosclerosis on August 11, 1911, at his home in Grand Ledge and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Pollok, pastor of the Methodist Church in Grand Ledge. He was buried on August 14 in Oakwood cemetery, Grand Ledge: section C, lot 62, grave 1.

In 1911 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 730,878). She was reported as an honorary member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association and living in Woodland, Barry County after his death.